Bing Crosby

The Golden Years of Bing Crosby

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This three-CD set from the U.K. is one disc slimmer and not quite as comprehensive as the 1993 American box set Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957, but it makes for an excellent second choice. The Golden Years of Bing Crosby focuses, as its title suggests, on the period when Crosby was firmly situated at the top of the world, beginning with his earliest hits from 1931 and following his career into the mid-'40s, by which time the crooner was being eclipsed by Frank Sinatra and others. While some finicky purists may gripe about one omission or another, or complain that some of the tracks included are marginal, the set easily succeeds at representing the core of the Crosby discography. Naturally, "White Christmas" is here, opening disc two, along with such standards as "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Swinging on a Star," "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "Only Forever." The tracks are not arranged chronologically, but the sequencing works fine just the way it is.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bing Crosby 03:12 Amazon
2 Bing Crosby 02:58 Amazon
3 Bing Crosby 02:32 Amazon
4 Bing Crosby 02:34 Amazon
5 Bing Crosby 02:54 Amazon
6 Bing Crosby 03:06 Amazon
7 Bing Crosby 02:49 Amazon
8 Bing Crosby 03:05 Amazon
9 Bing Crosby 03:02 Amazon
10 Bing Crosby 02:41 Amazon
11 Bing Crosby 03:14 Amazon
12 Bing Crosby 03:21 Amazon
13 Bing Crosby 02:59 Amazon
14 Bing Crosby 03:11 Amazon
15 Bing Crosby 02:54 Amazon
16 Bing Crosby 03:12 Amazon
17 Bing Crosby 03:00 Amazon
18 Bing Crosby 02:42 Amazon
19 Bing Crosby 03:15 Amazon
20 Bing Crosby 03:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bing Crosby 03:07 Amazon
2 Bing Crosby 03:09 Amazon
3 Bing Crosby 03:05 Amazon
4 Bing Crosby 03:12 Amazon
5 Bing Crosby 03:27 Amazon
6 Bing Crosby 03:08 Amazon
7 Bing Crosby 03:14 Amazon
8 Bing Crosby 02:28 Amazon
9 Bing Crosby feat: Dixie Lee Crosby 02:40 Amazon
10 Bing Crosby feat: Dixie Lee Crosby 03:07 Amazon
11 Bing Crosby feat: Connee Boswell 02:59 Amazon
12 Bing Crosby feat: The Foursome 02:59 Amazon
13 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:35 Amazon
14 Bing Crosby feat: Johnny Mercer 02:44 Amazon
15 Bing Crosby 03:07 Amazon
16 Bing Crosby 02:38 Amazon
17 Bing Crosby 03:11 Amazon
18 Bing Crosby 02:56 Amazon
19 Bing Crosby 02:40 Amazon
20 Bing Crosby 03:03 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bing Crosby 02:54 Amazon
2 Bing Crosby 02:38 Amazon
3 Bing Crosby 03:03 Amazon
4 Bing Crosby 03:09 Amazon
5 Bing Crosby 03:06 Amazon
6 Bing Crosby 03:14 Amazon
7 Bing Crosby 02:49 Amazon
8 Bing Crosby 02:43 Amazon
9 Bing Crosby feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:39 Amazon
10 Bing Crosby feat: The Mills Brothers 03:17 Amazon
11 Bing Crosby feat: Johnny Mercer 03:09 Amazon
12 Bing Crosby feat: John Scott Trotter 02:32 Amazon
13 Bing Crosby 03:11 Amazon
14 Bing Crosby 03:29 Amazon
15 Bing Crosby 02:51 Amazon
16 Bing Crosby 03:14 Amazon
17 Bing Crosby 03:18 Amazon
18 Bing Crosby 02:45 Amazon
19 Bing Crosby 02:39 Amazon
20 Bing Crosby 03:00 Amazon
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